Trucking Accidents: Your Legal Rights
Trucking Accident Facts
There are more than a half a million accidents involving large commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers and semi trucks every year. Their size and weight give these large vehicles the potential to do tremendous damage when they are operated or maintained improperly. Thousands of Americans are killed every year due to trucking accidents, the negligence of trucking companies, and their drivers.
Trucking remains to be one of the largest industries in the world. With a half a million trucking companies out there, it is estimated that there are more than 15 million trucks on US highways every day. These trucks will cover more than 500 billion miles per year and will generate more than $250 billion in annual revenue.
Trucking Companies & Drivers
With demand high and profits soaring it seems some trucking companies demand too much from their drivers, therefore, the ability of a truck driver performing his/her job safely vanishes. Drivers are only paid for moving items from point A, to point B as quickly as possible, thus the more miles covered and deliveries made results in more money being made.
These incentives, when accompanied with demanding employers, will tempt or encourage truck drivers to engage in dangerous behaviors on the road that result in injurious, and often fatal, accidents. Most trucking accidents occur in rural locations outside of metropolitan areas. The traffic slows and fatigue sets in resulting in a recipe for disaster. Driving while fatigued, using illegal and abusing prescription drugs to stay awake, driving at excessive speeds and failing to adjust speeds for any reason such as poor weather conditions is not an uncommon practice within the industry.
In an attempt to keep their trucks trucking, companies may neglect to keep their trucks safe and running properly. Rather than stopping and taking the time to fix a vehicle properly, companies may just patch it back together to keep the wheels rolling and the profits coming in. Vehicle inspections may lapse for months and operators will often falsify their log books and drive over the allowed number of hours per day. These practices lead to thousands of deaths and millions of dollars in damages each year.
Accidents involving commercial trucks are often caused by the driver themselves.
- Driving in unsafe conditions
- Talking on a cell phone
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both
Accidents involving commercial trucks are often caused not by the drivers but by the companies that own the trucks.
- Overloaded and overweighted trucks
- Vehicles that go without maintenance or inspection
- Placing unfair goals on their drivers causing them to take risks
Trucking Accident Lawsuits
Lawsuits involving commercial vehicles are a must in that they will punish the companies that are operating outside the state and federal guidelines. It will also allow the victims of these accidents to recover financial damages for medical bills, loss of income, pain, suffering and mental anguish. Not all companies are bad, but there are some in which the negligence is so gross and their trucks are so out of specs that large lawsuits and settlements are necessary to serve as deterrents to trucking companies and their drivers who do not follow the state and federal guidelines.
Hire The Right Attorneys
When taking on a trucking accident claim, choosing the right lawyer is a must. With the state and federal regulations involved in these cases, they can become very complex and time-consuming. Trucking companies have very deep pockets with the insurance companies on their side and they will do whatever they can to avoid liability for negligence. They know that this could lead to significant penalties and damages. Some Trucking companies and their insurance companies will try and contact victims families directly to get statements immediately after an accident occurs in order to take advantage of the fragile state victims may be in. Other companies will throw out a quick number to settle the case before injured parties contact a lawyer. Companies will also stoop to destroying evidence or falsifying documents in an effort to save themselves. That is what you are up against.
If you’ve been hurt, the last thing you should have to worry about is your medical bills and finances. You need to focus on making a full recovery. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide assurance in times of uncertainty. If you have a case or have questions about your legal rights, then please contact us at any time for a free consultation. Click HERE to contact IWasInAWreck.com today.